Charles O’Connor is the Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He returns to Lincoln after nine years, having started in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts, now the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.
From 2008-2012, Chuck was the Dean of College of Visual and Performing Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. There, he was instrumental in securing an endowment from Sweetwater Sound, Inc. in support of a new music technology program. As the Chair and Executive Director of the Department of Theatre and the Nevada Conservatory Theatre from 2003-2008, Chuck raised substantial money and doubled the audience size of the theatre.
At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1990s, he envisioned and formed a film and new media program implementing the early use of digital technology and interactive media. He served as the faculty liaison in the planning and design of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the renovated Temple Building, which houses the film and new media program.